Scorpio is the third constellation of the zodiac and is the image of a venomous scorpion. It is also associated with the smaller constellations (Decans) Ophiucus, Serpens and Corona Borealis. In today’s horoscope if you are born between October 24 and November 22 you are a Scorpio. In this modern horoscope reading of the zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Scorpio to find love, good luck and health. It gives insight on your personality.
Where did Scorpio Originate?
But was it read this way at its beginning? Here is a picture of the stars that form Scorpio. Can you see a scorpion in this photo of the stars? You’d need a lot of imagination!
In fact, even if we connect the stars in ‘Scorpio’ with lines it is still hard to ‘see’ the scorpion. But this sign goes back as far as we know in human history.
Here is the zodiac in the Denderah Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old. The image of the scorpion in this zodiac is circled in red.
Here is a photo of National Geographic poster of the zodiac, also showing Scorpio as seen in the Southern Hemisphere. Even though the stars that form scorpio are connected with lines in this diagram made to show us the zodiac constellations, it is still hard to ‘see’ a scorpion in this star constellation.
As with the other constellations, the Scorpio constellation of a scorpion ready to strike was not created from the stars themselves. Rather, the idea of the striking scorpion came first. This idea was then overlaid on the stars as a recurring sign as a memory aid. The ancients could point out Scorpio to their children and tell them the story associated with it.
The Ancient Zodiac Story
The Zodiac constellations together form a Story – one written with the stars. The Sign of Scorpio is the third chapter of 12. We saw in the first chapter (Virgo) that the Quran and the Bible state that Allah made the constellations. So the Story is His and was given at the beginning of human history.
The original zodiac was not a horoscope to guide your daily decisions to good luck, health, love and fortune based on the date of your birth and the movement of the planets. It was a guide by Allah to show us the Straight Way and was recorded with the zodiac constellations so they could be seen and remembered by people every night. The Story started with the promise of the seed of the Virgin, given in the constellation Virgo. It continued with the weighing scales of Libra, showing us that our balance of deeds are too light for the Kingdom of Heaven. A price must be paid to redeem our light deeds.
Scorpio in the Ancient Zodiac Story
But who is it demanding this payment? Scorpio shows who it is, and reveals the heavenly conflict between the Seed of Virgo and the scorpion. To understand this conflict we must see Scorpio along with its Decan (an accompanying constellation that is connected to the main constellation) Ophiuchus.
The constellation pictures a gigantic scorpion (Scorpio) trying to sting a mighty man (Ophiuchus) in the heel, while Ophiuchus is trampling on the scorpion while at the same time wrestling a coiled serpent. This gigantic scorpion has its tail uplifted in anger, ready to wound and strike the man’s foot. This sign helps us understand this conflict to-the-death. In Scorpio we begin to learn the nature of the price to ransom us from Libra, the scales of justice. Scorpio and the Serpent (Serpens) are two images of the same adversary – Shaytan.
This sign in the stars repeats the promise given as a Sign to Hazrat Adam in the garden of Paradise and recorded in the Taurat when the LORD told Shaytan (in the form of a serpent) concerning the Seed of Virgo
“… you will strike his heel and he will crush your head”(Genesis 3:15)
The scorpion struck the heel when the prophet Isa al Masih PBUH was crucified on the cross, but the scorpion suffered mortal defeat when the prophet rose from death three days later. But it was foretold long beforehand with the constellations Scorpio, Ophiucus and Serpens by the One who made the stars and arranged them in the heavens.
Conflict with Scorpio remembered by others
This promised conflict that began in the Garden and reached its climax on the cross was remembered by many ancient cultures.
These two images shows how both the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians had memories of Adam and Eve in Paradise and also the promise that the head of the serpent would be crushed. The ancient Greeks remembered this through Scorpio
…you can trace the starlit Ophiuchus himself: so brightly set beneath his head appear his gleaming shoulders. … his hands … firmly clutch the Serpent, which encircles the waist of Ophiuchus, but he, steadfast with both his feet well set, tramples a huge monster, even the Scorpion, standing upright on his eye and breast.Aratus quoting Exodus 4th Century BCE Greek poet
Serpens and the Crown – Corona Borealis
The third Decan Constellation associated with Scorpio is Corona Borealis – a crown placed above Ophiuchus and Serpens. Here is a typical image of the three Scorpio decans shown together.
You can see that both Ophiucus and Serpens are looking at The Crown. This is the constellation known as Corona Borealis. In fact, these two are battling for this Crown and we can see that Serpens is trying to grasp Corona Borealis.
Serpens is striving to lay hold of the Crown. This illustrates the nature of the conflict between the two. This is not only to be a conflict-to-the-death, but it is also a struggle for rule and dominion. The Serpent and Ophiucus battle to determine who will have the Crown.
Scorpio – A Story for you and me
Scorpio is for all people, not just for those born between Oct 24-Nov 22. Scorpio is not a guide to more wealth or love, but from ancient times was an illustration placed in the stars for you and me to know what great lengths our Creator would go to in order to redeem us from our light deeds – that it would involve a great struggle to the death – and for the right to rule. This is actually the meaning of ‘Masih’.
The Prophet Isa al Masih referred to this conflict over the right to rule between himself and Shaytan when he referred to him as the ‘prince of this world’:
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”John 12:30-32
Thus this Sign is not just about rule over the world, but also asks us a very personal question – will I be drawn to him or not? Answering this question will reveal if the Sign of Scorpio guides us as intended.
The story of the struggle between the two great adversaries is not finished. It continues with Sagittarius. (or understand it from the beginning with Virgo)
To read what the Ancient Prophets wrote which explains Scorpio’s conflict more fully see :
- Sign 3 of Ibrahim – sacrifice
- Sign 1 of Musa – Passover
- Where does ‘Christ’/’Masih’ come from? What does it mean?
- The Masih: Coming to Rule or be ‘Cut off’?
- Sign of the Coming Servant
- Isa al Masih and the Sign of Yunus
- Shaytan descends to strike the Masih
- Isa al Masih & Good Friday
- Quran & History: Did Isa al Masih die?